Riding in the Rain

So much of the sport of cycling is about overcoming obstacles. Hills, opponents and our own innate physical weaknesses (it never gets easier, you just get faster). One of the most disheartening challenges, however, is rain. It weighs your down, disrupts your vision, and it cools your body and saps your strength. Even when the …

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Cycling Lights: What You Need To Know

Right now in the Midwest, we’re experiencing an exceptionally balmy late winter. We may not need studded tires anymore, but we’re still contending with short days and dark rides. Cycling lights are especially important during this time of year.  For riders looking for lights, there is one essential question you need to ask first: do …

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Specialized Bike Fleet Grant Program

Like many kids, Mike Sinyard struggled with ADHD growing up. Unlike many kids, Mike grew up and became the Founder and CEO of Specialized Bicycle Components, one of the top 3 bike manufacturers in the US. Though he learned to manage the inability to stay focused and being easily distracted, he noticed that cycling muted …

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World Fat Bike Champ Catches Arctic Fat Fever

Recently, ERIK’S and Excelsior Brewing hosted Arctic Fat Fever, a fat bike race on the frozen Lake Minnetonka in Excelsior Minnesota.  The race featured Robbie Squire, the 2016 Borealis Fat Bike World Champion!  Not surprisingly, he was also the winner of the 2017 Arctic Fat Fever.  We caught up with Robbie post-ride for his thoughts …

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Winter: A Perfect Time For A Bike Fit

It’s -2 degrees in Minneapolis as I write this, and for many of us riding our road bike or mountain bike outside is still a far off vision. I know that the hardcore riders, commuters and fat bike riders are out there no matter the conditions, but for the rest of us winter means bringing …

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SSCXWCXPDX: Achievement Unlocked

There is only one way to describe it: the most rad and raucous bicycle event of the year. That is what the Singlespeed Cyclocross World Championship is. After my trip to Victoria, BC last year for the ninth edition, I knew that I had to return for the tenth anniversary in Portland. Registration sold out …

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